2020 California Wildfire Recovery Resources

by Matt Solis


With wildfires threatening residential areas in multiple parts of California, Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a State of Emergency. Once again, Northern California residents must grapple with fire, heat, and smoke affecting their homes and communities.

As previous wildfire events have taught us, recovery is a slow and often confusing process. Below, you’ll find resources to help you get started and make sense of your options. 

Returning Home: Your Fire Damage Checklist

Assessing damage to your home after a wildfire is a crucial first step in the recovery process. This checklist covers both interior and exterior areas of the home that are susceptible to fire and heat damages.


Air Quality Protection During (and After) a Wildfire

Even after the flames have been extinguished, air quality in the immediate and surrounding areas can remain unhealthy for some time. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself, your family and your home from fire-related air pollution.


Wildfire Recovery: Removing the Smoke Smell From Your Home and Belongings

We explain methods for removing smoke odors from your home and belongings. Get DIY tips for steps you can take on your own and learn when you may need to bring in a professional.


Avoid Contractor Scams After a Disaster

Homeowners should always make a point of choosing reputable, licensed contractors to perform their work, and this holds even more true following a natural disaster. As part of our efforts to protect the interests of consumers, here are some tips to keep yourself safe from fraud.


A Step-by-Step Guide to Filing a Homeowners Insurance Claim

Remember, no matter how well-intentioned, your insurance company is a for-profit business. Enter into your insurance claim process with good will, but be prepared to negotiate.